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Tonight at the Book Club, Shoreditch, Steve and I are marking a great year for independent magazines with a celebration of the best. Come and join the live vote, and hear some of our favourite magazine makers talk about their publication. Last few tickets left.


Overmatter: 25.11.14

CoverJunkie talks magazine covers, ‘Great covers smack you in the face or make you want to lick them!’

New York magazine trials pop-up blogs as digital supplements.

Economist editor compares his magazine and its subscription ambitions to BSkyB and HBO.

The line-up for next year’s QVED conference in Munich (26–28 February) is building; follow @QVED for updates. Super early-bird bookings end this weekend.

Steven Gregor has a nice interview with The Guardian deputy creative director Chris Clarke on the SPD blog.

Our interview with editor of The Happy Reader Seb Emina remains popular; hear him on The Stack (no117) along with the team from FAT.

Discover why it’s wrong to place the cover line ‘Are you a Slut?’ too close to Kate Middleton’s eyes: ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’ is a new BBC documentary series from within the hallowed walls of Condé Nast.


November 24, 2014

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At Work With Sam Walton, Hole & Corner

Sam Walton is an art director who has worked for most of the UK’s major publishers, with titles including Vogue, Elle Decoration and World of Interiors on his CV. He also led the creative team at Spring Creative, where he worked for brands such as Harvey Nichols, COS and Nicole Farhi. Last year he launched quarterly magazine Hole & Corner; we join him as issue four is published.

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Kaleidoscope redesign

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Bureau Mirko Borsche has redesigned art magazine Kaleidoscope, introducing typically in-yer-face typography.

More images after the jump.

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Overmatter: 20.11.14

A rare look at a contemporary Iranian magazine, Hengam (thanks Andrew).

Offlife comic is launching an ambitious project, Yellow, commissioning 52 artists to record the news over the next year; names such as Jean Julien, Paul Davis, Simon Spilsbury and Takayo Akiyama will each take a week’s news.

It’s Nice That meets Becky Smith, founder of Twin.

NY Times to invest millions in their weekly magazine under new editor Jake Silverstein and CD Gail Bichler.

Issue ten of The Ride Journal is available on pre-order now.

Dave Trott makes an eloquent argument for the importance of presentation of content, ‘the best books are the ones you actually read.

David Moretti’s move from Wired Italia to US Wired is confirmed.

‘The Print Handbook’ looks like a very useful source book for anyone taking projects to print (thanks Adrian).


Out now: Riposte #3

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Issue three of Riposte is at the printers. Starting with the now-familiar text-only cover, this time in cyan, the issue continues its exploration of modern womanhood, with another fine selection of subjects including stylist Anna Trevelyan,  singer Samantha Urbani, painter Nathalie Du Pasquier and director of Frieze art fairs Victoria Siddall.

The issue is now available for preorder with free shipping.

See some spreads after the jump.

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ModMag14: Kai Brach, Offscreen

Here’s the sixth and final film interview from our Modern Magazine 2014 conference. Kai Brach is the founder/editor of Offscreen, the magazine about the people who create and build the web. It’s also notable for the openness Kai applies to the project; he publishes details of the magazines finances online and regularly reflects on his experience of the publishing business. Here he discusses the origins of his magazine, the scale of the project and the roll of print as a diversion from the screen.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this series of videos: Kati Krause who asked the questions, Lightgeist who filmed and edited the footage and Park Communications who supported the work. And thanks to the interviewees for their support too.

View the complete series of six videos.


Wired x Christopher Nolan

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The December issue of US Wired has been guest-edited by ‘Interstellar’ director Christopher Nolan. The entire issue is given a complete editorial and design overhaul, with the creative team, led by editor-in-chief Scott Dadich, director of editorial projects Robb Capps and creative director Billy Sorrentino working for three months with Nolan and his producer/wife Emma Nolan. The collaboration follows previous guest editors JJ Abrams and Bill Gates.

The tablet edition is out today, the print version next week.


Out now: Pineapple #1

Pineapple is a new magazine published quarterly by Airbnb and distributed to 18,000 of its hosts. Named after the New England symbol of hospitality (sailors returning from the Caribbean would use the fruit to announce their return and the availability of spices and fruits), the company is the latest of many web-based businesses using print to add a physical element to their brand.

See more of the first issue here.

UPDATE: Pineapple will also be on sale at selected shops next month.


November 17, 2014

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At Work With: Seb Emina, The Happy Reader

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We start the new week in Paris with British writer/editor Seb Emina, who was recently named one of ‘the 100 most influential and innovative people working across arts, culture and the creative industries in the UK,’ by the Hospital Club.
This week he’s visiting London for the launch of his new project, The Happy Reader, a beautiful new magazine about reading published as a collaboration between Penguin books and Fantastic Man. Each issue focuses on a classic piece of literature.

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